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Lt.Col. Pascal Stephen Haule [RIP]

If you have seen Furious 7, (a continuation and probably the final chapter from Fast & Furious Series), you must have been touched by the song “See You Again”. It is a dedication to Paul Walker who passed away in a car accident last year. It’s one of very emotional songs from the soundtrack of Furious 7. Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth did an amazing job on this one.

For the past one-week or so, I have been listening to this track on repeat mode. As it happens, I have listened to this track this morning the day one of the finest member of our own family was laid to rest. In circumstances that I will probably never understand, Lt. Col. Pascal Haule went to be with our creator last Friday.

I am saying  “circumstances” that will never settle with me because I believe he could have lived longer had healthcare in Tanzania be where  it’s supposed to be 50 years after independence. Even though I know death is natural and only God can save a life, I believe the same God has given human beings power to help in the process. That’s why we have doctors, etc. My heart felt like it was shrinking when I heard the news. I am still gulping air as I’m writing this.

As I sat down and thought about his life, I was reminded of years ago when I met two of his surviving sons; Walter and Brian, in Uganda. They were in High School when I was at Makerere University trying to follow Mwalimu Julius Nyerere’s footsteps. We connected and became brothers in a foreign country. Survival for the fittest was order of the day. Little did I know that one day I would knock at their home requesting to marry their cousin and his grand-daughter. Talk about walking while talking to Angels.

Lt. Col. Haule was believed to be one of the toughest (and may be fast and furious) men in the family. He,however, welcomed me with open arms and heart. I immediately connected with him well just as how I had connected with his sons and other members of the bigger family. His talkative nature and courtesy with strangers came handy. I appreciated that gesture and would never forget. Here was new Grandpa with an overall visage that glows and radiates. He showed me love and respect. I’d be insane to show him anything less.

Throughout the years, he remained to be a man who understood me than most folks. At least I believed so and will always remain loyal to that creed. Him and I shared a common link(s) from my adopted mother tongue (Ki-Pare). He had lived in Northern Tanzania where Pare people are from during his youth years and mastered the local language like a champ. I think he mastered mannerisms as well. Pare people are known to be proud with love but also with stubbornness. Most of them [us] are short by sizes but always feeling taller, bigger and stronger. From the stories I heard, he used to be the last man you’d want to mess up with.

Whenever we met, he would give me a relaxed appearance with raised prominent cheekbones (from smiling). We would gossip a little using Pare and laugh wildly to his  jokes. The  fact when he spoke using Kipare and only him and I could understand, made everything more hilarious . It’s one thing I could tell he truly enjoyed. I would then watch him initiating other random acts of kindness that earned him my utmost love and respect.

He was proud of his military career and record(s). It befitted his character. I remember him showing me his photos from the days in military uniforms to the ones after he remained a consultant to the army on an array of technical issues after his formal retirement. He would do so with a grin that conveys secret knowledge. He was a firm believer of what Tanzania could become had everyone carried at heart the level of discipline that moves members of our armed forces. As he enjoyed his whisky, he would draw ideas of what was wrong and what could be done to correct it. We shared similar political ideologies. This made our conversations longer and untiring.

Lt.Col. Haule became a mentor figure even when there was no need for mentoring sessions. Just from his vibes, I could tell he was always ready and willing to offer encouragement and support if needed. I have never eaten more food than at his house. He was generous and kind. Whenever he extended an invitation for wife, my kids and me, he would remind me to go with an empty stomach. He truly enjoyed playing with his great grandkids. Always pushing them with friendly demands; Tell Me! Show Me! Let’s Go.

There is a lot I could write about the old man. I can’t finish unless I was writing a whole book. I would therefore like to dedicate this song, See You Again to Lt.Col. Pascal S. Haule. From what I knew about him, I am sure he would have enjoyed watching Furious 7 with me. He knew everything about bombs. Art Of War lived within him.Rest In Peace and in harmony in togetherness with others gone before us. Salute. See You Again.

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MUIGIZAJI MKONGWE HAPA NCHINI,SAID NGAMBA MAARUFU KWA JINA LA MZEE SMALL AMEFARIKI DUNIA USIKU WA LEO KATIKA HOSPITALI YA TAIFA MUHIMBILI ALIKOKUWA AMELAZWA AKIPATIWA MATIBABU.
 
AKITHIBITISHA TAARIFA YA KIFO CHA MZEE SMALL,MWANAE AITWAE MAHMOUD AMESEMA MZEE WAKE AMEFIKWA NA MAUTI HAYO MAJIRA YA SAA NNE USIKU WAKATI AKIWA HOSPITALINI HAPO AKIENDELEA KUPATIWA MATIBABU.
 
MIPANGO INAFANYIKA NYUMBANI KWAO TABATA NA KADRI TAARIFA ZITAKAVYOKUWA ZIKITUFIKIA TUTAENDELEA KUJULISHANA.
 
NI PIGO LINGINE TENA KWENYE TASNIA YA SANAA BAADA YA KUONDOKEWA NA WASANII NA KADHAA MAJUMA YALIYOPITA.
 
TUMEPOKEA TAARIFA HII KWA MASIKITIKO MAKUBWA SANA NA TUNAMUOMBEA KWA MWENYEZIMUNGU AIWEKE ROHO YAKE MAHALA PEMA PEPONI.
 
-AMIN.
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Thousands of people including his fellow Bongo Movies insiders showed up at The Leaders Club grounds in Dar-es-salaam to say goodbye to George Tyson, movies,documentaries and Tv shows director and producer who died over the weekend following a car accident. Here are some images from Leaders.All images courtesy of Michuzi Blog. You can see more images by clicking here.

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Recho2Rachel Haule “Recho”

In just less than a week, Tanzanian movie industry, Tanzanians and film lovers are mourning again. Earlier today, reports surfaced that an actress,Rachel Haule or famously known as Recho has passed away at Muhimbili Referral Hospital. Later on the reports were confirmed that Recho had indeed passed away following complications that resulted from giving birth. Sadly, her newborn also passed away.

Just like week, the industry lost actor/director Adam Kuambiana. The real cause of his death remains unclear.It’s another sad moment.Rest In Peace Recho.

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Tasnia ya filamu  nchini Tanzania(Bongo Movies) na Tanzania kwa ujumla imepata pigo kubwa la kuondokewa na miongoni mwa waigizaji na waongoza filamu wazoefu, Adam Kuambiana.

Kwa mujibu wa Global Publishers mtandao unaoongoza kwa kuwa karibu na wasanii wa tasnia ya filamu nchini, Marehemu Kuambiana amefikwa na mauti katika hospitali ya Mama Ngoma iliyopo maeneo ya Mwenge jijini Dar-es-salaam alipokimbizwa baada ya kuanguka akiwa chooni katika Hotel ya Silver iliyopo maeneo ya Sinza ambapo walikuwa kambi wakiendelea ku-shoot filamu.

Kabla ya hapo Adam Kuambiana alilalamika kusumbuliwa na tumbo. Chanzo kamili cha kifo chake hakijawekwa wazi. Tayari mwili umetolewa Mwenge na kupelekwa Muhimbili kuhifadhiwa na kwa uchunguzi zaidi. BC inaungana na wapenzi wote wa filamu na watanzania kwa ujumla kutoa pole nyingi kwa ndugu,jamaa na marafiki wa Adam Kuambiana.Mwenyezi Mungu Ailaze Roho Yake Mahali Pema Peponi.

 

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GURUMO MUHIDIN

After an on and off lengthy illness, Tanzanian veteran musician,Maalim ,Gurumo passed away yesterday in Dar es Salaam. Maalim Gurumo died at the Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH) where he was admitted.

He will be remembered as one of the top and talented musicians to have ever emerged from Tanzania. He was one of the greatest songwriter with almost all his songs telling a tale of caution towards life and how we view the world. Gurumo, an ardent Simba Sports Club fan, was a member of the Msondo Ngoma Music Band for over ten years.

May God rest his soul in eternal peace. Amen

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 Rais Jakaya Kikwete, akitoa heshima za mwisho mbele ya jeneza lenye mwili wa marehemu, Jaji George Liundi wakati wa shughuli za kuagwa mwili huo zilizofanyika kwenye viwanja vya Karimjee jijini Dar es Salaam leo.
 Makamu wa Rais wa Jamhuri ya Muungano wa Tanzania, Dkt. Mohammed Gharib Bilal, na Makamu wa kwanza wa Rais wa Zanzibar, Maalim Seif, wakitoa heshima za miwsho mbele ya Jeneza lenye mwili wa marehemu Jaji George Liundi, wakati wa shughuli za kuagwa mwili huo zilizofanyika kwenye viwanja vya Karimjee jijini Dar es Salaam, leo. Kulia ni Rais Mstaafu wa awamu ya tatu Benjamin Mkapa, akielekea kutoa heshim za mwisho. 
 Rais Jakaya Kikwete (wa pili kushoto) Makamu wake Dkt. Mohammed Gharib Bilal, Makamu wa kwanza wa Rais wa Zanzibar, Maalim Seif, Mwenyekiti wa Tume ya Mabadiliko ya Katiba mpya, Jaji Joseph Warioba, Makamu mwenyekiti wa CCM Bara, Philp Mangula na Waziri wa Nchi-Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu (Sera na Uratibu na Bunge) William Lukuvi, wakishiriki Misa maalum ya kumuombea marehemu Jaji George Liundi, wakati wa shughuli za kuagwa mwili zilizofanyika kwenye viwanja vya Karimjee jijini Dar es Salaam leo. 
 Rais Jakaya Kikwete (wa pili kushoto) Makamu wake Dkt. Mohammed Gharib Bilal, Makamu wa kwanza wa Rais wa Zanzibar, Maalim Seif, na Waziri wa Nchi-Ofisi ya Waziri Mkuu (Sera na Uratibu na Bunge) William Lukuvi (kushoto) wakijumuika na waombolezaji  katika misa maalum ya kumuombea marehemu Jaji George Liundi, wakati wa shughuli za kuagwa mwili zilizofanyika kwenye viwanja vya Karimjee jijini Dar es Salaam leo.
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In what will go down the historical books as the “gathering of the century” and one of the most watched events in television history, millions of people across the world, including thousands who attended the Nelson Mandela’s Memorial Service alongside over 100 world leaders, present and former, bid farewell to Nelson Mandela, also known as Madiba and Tata, who died last week at age 95.

In a packed FNB Stadium in Soweto, the same place that Mandela last appeared in public in July 2010 during the final match of the soccer world cup ,thousands of people were singing and dancing at the top of their lungs despite heavy rains that had started falling from the early morning hours. It was indeed a celebration of a life of a rare human being who deeply understood the power of forgiveness and reconciliation.

Among the few leaders who had a chance to speak, it was US President Barack Obama who “stole the show” with an eulogy that was so touchy and moving. Obama called Mandela “”the last great liberator of the 20th century,” and the giant of history. Obama reminded the crowd in attendance and millions of people glued to their television of the principles that Mandela stood for.

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On the other hand, thousands of South Africans at the stadium used the same opportunity to show their anger or frustrations to their current president, Jacob Zuma, by booing him at almost every opportunity they got especially when his face appeared in the big screens around the stadium. Zuma’s presidency has been engulfed with scandals after scandals and of lately he is being tormented with misuse of state funds for his own luxurious living.

Also another notable event was  the hand shake between US President Barack Obama and Cuba’s Raul Castro which was rare gesture between the leaders of two ideological opponents. It was probably the best reflection of the reconciliation spirit that Madiba stood for. The only other hand shake between the leaders of these two countries was between Fidel Castro and Bill Clinton in 2000 during the UN Assembly.

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After today’s event, Mandela’s remains were to lie in state for three days at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he was sworn in as president in 1994 as the first democratically elected President and first black president.

Mandela will be buried on Sunday in Qunu, his ancestral home in the rolling hills of the Eastern Cape province, 700 km (450 miles) south of Johannesburg. Only a few world leaders are due to attend what will be a more intimate family affair.

 

 

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Rankim Ramadhani DJThe Late DJ Rankim Ramadhani

2013 can’t go unnoticed as one of the worse years in Tanzania’s media and entertainment industry’s eyes. As if all the people we have already lost since January isn’t enough, today we mourn the passing away of a friend and one of the best DJs in the country, DJ Rankim Ramadhani.

The available reports  that we have obtained puts forward an announcement that DJ Rankim Ramadhani has passed away at Mwananyamala Hospital.  According to the reports, and through Radio One [Breaking News segment] Rankim he was suffering from stomachache[probably from ulcers] and on Sunday he suddenly fell when he was with friends at Meeda Bar in Sinza. They rushed him to Sinza Palestine Hospital where he was treated and allowed to go home. At home, things got worse. He was taken back to Sinza Hospital before being transferred to Mwananyamala Hospital  where he passed away earlier today around 3pm. The arrangements of his funerals are underway.

Rest In Peace Rankim. You have gone down as one of the best DJs and a real hustler. You never gave up even when things seemed way too fuzzy.

djsbcIn this photo from our files, DJ Rankim Ramadhani (centre) is with some of his colleagues  and best friends, DJ Mike Mhagama[he now resides in Los Angeles,USA] and Sebastian Maganga [now Programs Director at Clouds Media Group]

 

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Wema-Sepetu

Siku chache tu baada ya kuanza kurushwa hewani kwa kipindi halisia cha televisheni(Reality Show) yake, muigizaji, mrembo maarufu nchini Tanzania (Miss Tanzania 2006),Wema  A. Sepetu, amepatwa na msiba mkubwa. Amefiwa na Baba yake mzazi,Balozi Isaac Abrahamu Sepetu.

Taarifa ambazo BC imezipata zinapasha kwamba Mzee Sepetu ambaye kwa muda wa miezi kadhaa sasa amekuwa akiugua na kusumbuliwa na maradhi ya kiharusi,. Mzee Sepetu alikuwa pia akisumbuliwa na kisukari.Amefariki jijini Dar-es-salaam. Mipango ya mazishi inafanyikia nyumbani kwa marehemu maeneo ya Sinza-Mori jijini Dar.

Wema2Wema katika picha ya pamoja na baba yake mzazi,Balozi Abraham Sepetu. Pembeni ni rafiki wa karibu wa Wema,Petitman

Balozi Sepetu aliwahi kuwa Naibu Waziri wa Mambo ya Nchi za Nje mnamo miaka ya 1970 wakati wa utawala wa awamu ya kwanza chini ya Mwalimu Julius Kambarag Nyerere.  Vilevile, aliwahi kuwa balozi nchini Urusi tangu mwaka 1982 wakati wa utawala huohuo wa Nyerere.

Pia, Machi 27, mwaka huu, Balozi Sepetu aliteuliwa na Rais wa Zanzibar, Dr Mohammed Shein,  kuendelea kuwa Mwenyekiti wa Bodi ya Wakurugenzi wa Mamlaka ya Uwekezaji Vitegauchumi ya Zanzibar (ZIPA).

Mwenyezi Mungu ailaze roho ya Marehemu mahali pema peponi.

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